I just got back from a Utah trip (yes my 2nd one) and I visited the gorgeous Salt Flats to do a photoshoot for that secret project I was telling you about. Hmm…should I just tell you what it is? I hate saying “secret project” because well, I hate keeping secrets. Let me think about it and maybe I will reveal it at the end of the post.
Anyway! I went to shoot here to create a Winter-y look. Last time I went, which was like a month ago, the salt looked like snow. It was powdery.
This time, well, it was a lake.
Yup, my friends David and Sam were literally walking on water. This was not supposed to happen. Apparently there had been a storm the week before and the flats got flooded. JUST. MY. LUCK.
We were supposed to shoot in the afternoon and be done by like 4 or 5pm. It was 3pm. How the heck was I supposed to lay in the water and do Pilates??!!! We got into “The Apprentice” mode. Limited time. Restricted access to civilization. And battling against the will of Mother Nature…high winds, flooded flats, and heat from the sun. We had to find a solution. I wasn’t gonna fly to Utah to fail here.
Somehow we got our heads thinking and thought of a way to elevate me above the water. We got a piece of white board at a random hardware store (we had to drive into Nevada to locate this) and velcro’d my white yoga mat right on top. I am so fortunate there was even a hardware store at all! Ah the luck of determination. Then when we got back, somehow the water had dried out a little and we were left with a glacier-like scene.
Photography by David Kim Photography
It was beautiful. We shot everything I needed. I only got minorly wet, and the gloss of the water on the salt made the land look even more beautiful than when I last saw it. It was like this was supposed to happen. We finished as the sun was setting. Phew.
The next day we were on a journey to search for a Spring look. I needed wildflowers. We decided to scout Cecret Lake in Mt. Alta. From the pics, it was supposed to be flowery and green! I didn’t realize how hard the hike was to see this lake…I climbed rocks with 2 yoga mats and a heavy bag. My friends were holding camera equipment, tripods, and lights. Let’s just say my glutes and quads are on FIRE! And that was some SERIOUS cardio. It was interesting – as I climbed I actually had to keep telling myself, “Don’t stop. Keep going! Almost there!”
When we got to the top, it was indeed lovely.
But cold. Really cold.
I painted my nails up there a nice minty green color for the Spring shoot. My friends took a pic of me and then we laughed. Who the heck brings nail polish on a nature hike in Utah!!??? Me. Procrastinator Cassey.
Though the lake was gorgeous and we spent about 1.5 hours or more setting up, it just didn’t work. It didn’t scream Spring at all. Saddened, we all packed up and headed back down the mountain with no pictures. The boys didn’t bring jackets (we are such Californians – who knew it gets cold in September!!??) and were freezing. No one could feel their noses, fingers, or toes by the time we got down. Never have I ever felt so happy to be sitting in a car. Warmth.
So we sat in the car thinking, is this really another “Hardware Store Situation”??? Really? 2 days in a row on a 2 day trip?? We had lunch and I practically gave up. I thought, oh well, maybe we should just go back to Cali and test our luck there. I was hungry. We had a late lunch. The boys had pizza and I ate a salad. We all were silent, just scouting locations on our iPhones using the free wifi at Pie 5.
Then Sam said let’s just try one more guys. David suggested this place called Mt. Timpanogos. We drove there and met with a ranger to ask about the flowers. “Trying to find Spring in Fall?” she said. “Sorry. The leaves have already started turning. Wildflowers bloom in July and August.” Disheartened but determined, we kept on driving. The sun was starting to set. I was ready to give up so that I wouldn’t be so disappointed.
We found this.
The moment you’re about to give up is the moment when miracles start to happen.
I honestly do not know how we found the last patch of wildflowers in Utah (or at least that’s how it seemed) but it was like it was meant to be this way. I quickly rolled out my yoga mat and we shot the moves until the sum came down in less than an hour. Oh man. I cannot tell you how fortunate all 3 of us felt. It was truly amazing. We celebrated with a yummmmy dinner at a Nepalese restaurant downtown. It was the first time I had something other than a salad on the trip! I ate this coconut curry tofu dish with brown rice. It was the best.
Well, that was my Utah trip! I hope you enjoyed the photos from behind the scenes. And big thanks to David and Sam for battling Mother Nature with me this week! I wonder if you have guessed what this is all for yet? Ah, I think I should just tell you.
So…been keeping this from you but…POPsters, I am officially writing a book for all of you that will showcase my best POP Pilates routines and recipes for every season to keep fit and beautiful. Never have I ever spent so much time and energy into taking photos, but it’s been so rewarding going on nature hikes and exploring the phenomenal hidden sights of National parks. I am not a big fan of hiking, but this trip has made be appreciate the beauty of nature so much more.
I’ve shot summer in Malibu and now the next stop is Boston for Fall Foliage. I can’t wait to return back to where it all started. Excited to see my old students and visit my old apartment in the city.
And in case you haven’t seen, there’s a new workout up on the Blogilates YouTube Channel! I teamed up with Chriselle Lim of thechrisellefactor.com to bring you The ULTIMATE Fashion Blogger Workout.
The routine helps you trim down for those crop tops and backless numbers that are so hot this season. Also, join us to get some styling tips from Chriselle as I interview her through a series of slimming moves. Our bottoms are from the brand Onzie and you can find other prints at evolvefitwear.com.
Alrighty my loves! I hope you enjoyed this photo post. Those of you from the East Coast, if you know a beautiful place for me to shoot my Autumn Pilates pics, could you please let me know in the comments below? If you have a link to the location, please share that too!
Have a magnificent weekend. Hope you are KILLING that #Sweatember Calendar!